Alex Blaze

Ushuaia is just as good as Buenos Aires

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 30, 2009 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Buenos Aires, gay marriage, latin america, marriage, Mexico City, same-sex marriage, ushaia

About a month ago a Buenos Aires judge ruled that the city couldn't ban same-sex marriage, and activists Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre set their wedding date for December first, World AIDS Day. Later that week, a federal judge in Argentina blocked the marriage until the supreme court ruled, and the city officials debated which judge to follow and ultimately went with the federal judge. The couple filed a complaint against the mayor and an LGBT org promised to file over 50 lawsuits for marriage.

Meanwhile, the city council in Mexico City voted to pass same-sex marriage last week, and it became official law yesterday as it was entered into the official register. Same-sex marriage will start in Mexico City in March 2010.

Back in Argentina, Freyre and Di Bello got a special decree from the governor of Tierra del Fuego and married in its provincial capital, Ushuaia, which carries the distinction of being the southernmost city in the world. Which makes them the first legally married couple in Latin America, if the court upholds their marriage.

Which means Argentina wins.

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